Stonington Yacht Sales
@Dodson Boatyard,
Stonington CT, 06378
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1969 Hinckley Bermuda 40

location icon United States
Year 1969
Length 40 ft / 12.19 m
Builder/Manufacturer Hinckley Yachts

Born Free is a lucky Bermuda 40.  She has an owner that saw beauty and comfort in her lines and had the desire and skill set to make her better.  Over the time he has owned this yacht he has replaced 80% of the exterior teak, stripped and re-coated the bottom and Awlgripped the topsides just to list some highlights.  She is easily the finest B-40 I have ever been on.  

Born Free's pedigree and unique condition put her at the top of this amazing fleet.  She is currently stored in her custom heated barn in NH awaiting her next steward.


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Year Built 1969
Category Sail
Length Overall 40'8 ft / 12.40 m
Beam 11'9 ft / 3.58 m
Max Draft 8'9 ft / 2.67 m
Cabins 1
Cabin Headroom 6'2 ft / 1.88 m
Electrical System 12 V
Double Berths 1
Construction Fiberglass
Keel Centerboard
Min Draft 4'3 ft / 1.30 m
Drive Type Direct
Engines 1
Total Engine Power 55 hp
Cruising Speed 6 kn
Prop. Cruise Speed 2000
Fuel Tanks 1
Fuel Tank Cap. 40 gal
Fuel Tank Mat. Plastic
Water Tanks 3
Water Tank Cap. 120 gal
Water Tank Mat. Stainless Steel
Holding Tanks 1
Holding Tank Cap. 5 gal
Holding Tank Mat. Plastic
Ballast 5,500 lb
Displacement 20,000 lb
Bridge Clearance 47 ft / 14.33 m
Windlass Electric

Engine 1 Specifications

Make: Westerbeke
Model: 55C
Drive Type: Direct
Fuel: Diesel
Engine Power: 55hp
Type: Inboard
Propeller Type: 3 Blade, Bronze
Year: 2008
Engine Hours: 1065

Stonington Yacht Sales is pleased to assist you in the purchase of this vessel. This boat is centrally listed by Lyman-Morse Yacht Brokerage.

Cockpit and Deck

Born Free, like her sister-ships, has a very classic deck layout and finish.  Deck is two tone with Oyster white and light gray non-skid highlighted by beautifully varnished teak.  What separates Born Free is her condition and how much on deck is new under this owner and completely redone. 80% of the teak on deck has been replaced and meticulously rebuilt and finished.  The addition of her custom butterfly hatch immediately catches your eye. Another very unique attribute to Born Free are her davits. They are custom varnished teak with stainless steel fittings.  They eloquently sweep aft carrying beautiful lines and effectively holding off her lightweight tender.  They are easily removable and have their own custom matching gray Sunbrella covers.

The cockpit has two large compartments, port and starboard, under the settees.  The boat is equipped with an Edson pedestal and 28" painted elk hide covered wheel.  The auto-pilot and chain counter are mount to port and starboard respectively with the throttle controls on starboard as well.  Classically, the Constellation compass is center mounted.  Forward on the pedestal are custom varnished teak cup holders and fold out cockpit table.

There are white vinyl cockpit cushions with gray piping and a gray Sunbrella cockpit cover made in 2009  The custom dodger was built in 2002 with the same gray Sunbrella as was the cover for the butterfly hatch and lazarette hatches.

Aft of the cockpit is the propane locker to starboard, holding two 10 lb. aluminum tanks, and storage to port.  Behind that is a large lazarette holding sails, the grill, the emergency tiller along with various other items.

Joining the butterfly hatch center piece on the cabin house is a large hatch over the master cabin with a white translucent Lexan lens, two large chrome cowels on painted dorade boxes and two pairs of varnished teak hand rails.  Half round varnished eyebrows run the length of the cabin.  The cabin has five windows per side all fixed except the head and one on the front fo the cabin centered.


Born Free has a pretty classic Bermuda 40 interior.  The galley is both sides aft.  The refrigeration is on starboard with the dishes.  The deep stainless steel sink and Force 10 propane stove is on port.  Both port and starboard sides of the main salon have an upper and lower births.  The lowers which mostly act as the settees pull out to make a more comfortable sleeping bunk.  Storage is abundant above and below the settee.  The table's two leafs and extensions creates a huge dining surface. Continuing forward the head is to port.  The head was completely overhauled in 2015 with a new head, new trim, new tiles and new paint.  There is actually more space in there now since they removed the large cabinet, but don't worry there is still more than enough storage.  Just outside the head to starboard there is a locker with a column of drawers.  Locking through those draws you can tell this boat is well stocked and well prepared to cruise with now need to head back into town.  The V-berth is bright with the large hatch over head.  Like the rest of the boat, all the bright work is in excellent condition and more than enough storage.

Sails and Rigging

All the sails have been professionally maintained and are in great shape.  The spinnaker and solent have very low use. 

  • Extruded aluminum mast and boom, Awlgripped
  • 1/4" & 5/16" 1 x 19 Stainless steel wire with swaged fitting(New 2008)
  • Two Barient # 28 and two Barient # 22 winches (Serviced 2015)
  • 2001-135% genoa
  • 2001-Loose footed, main and mizzen
  • 2003-Asymmetrical spinnaker with Seldon retractable spinnaker pole and traveler
  • 2006-Solent. Only use a couple times
  • Mizzen Staysail by Wooten-Sherman Sailmakers
  • 2010 New Sail covers made of gray Sunbrella.
  • Furlex Sea Furl (New 2001)
  • Braided lines (New 2002)

All the electronics are in good working order.  They have all been strategically placed to allow ease of use and movement around the cockpit.  The auto-pilot is right at the wheel and the chartplotter is swings out from the companionway in a custom varnish teak case.  The Tac Tics are mounted on the cabin bulkhead on a varnished teak plaque.

  • 2009 Icom IC-M304 VHF with AIS 600 Receiver New 2011
  • Tic Tac Digital Depth and Knot log New 2011
  • Tic Tac Wind speed and repeater New 2011
  • Danforth pedestal mounted compass
  • Garmin 5212 Touch screen Radar/plotter combo New 2011
  • Serius Weather Equipped and current 2015
  • Furuno GPS Navigator GP-36
  • Simrad  Robertston AP11 auto-pilot with hydraulic linear drive new 2002
Safety Equipment
  • New 2015 406 MHZ Category II EPIRB
  • Three BC dry chemical and one ABC fire extinguishers
  • One manually operated gusher type and one 12 volt Rule 2000
    with float switch and pick up off engine intake, new panel
    with counter and Aqualarm 2011
  • Compressed air horn
  • Two Jim-Buoy Type IV  horseshoe flotation device
  • One Lifesling
  • Six Type I Life Jackets
  • Signal flares, daylight smoke, parachute rockets
  • Bell
  • First Aid kit
  • Emergency ladder

Born Free has a custom pair of high gloss varnished teak clad dinghy davits with stainless steel hardware.  These are unique to this Bermuda 40 and blend eloquently into her lines.

  • 2013 AB 9AL Lightweight Aluminum inflatable  
  • Mercury 4-stroke 6HP(approxiamtely 10 years old) with less than 40 hours use.
Additional Inventory
  • Bosun's chair
  • Custom rail chair
  • Custom boarding ladder/swim ladder
  • 15 Liter hanging Sun Shower
  • Magma Marine Kettle 2: Stainless Steel combination stove and gas grill 
  • Assorted spares for onboard systems
  • Assorted tools
  • Spare lines
  • Four finger fenders with dark blue fleece covers
  • Dock lines
  • Plates, cups, utensils and assorted galley supplies
  • Two custom cutting boards

Disclaimer: All speeds, measurements, capacities, consumptions, etc. may be approximate or estimated.  Specifications provided for information only.  Data was obtained from sources believed to be reliable and is not guaranteed by owner or brokers.  Buyer assumes the responsibility to ascertain the correctness of all data contained herein and otherwise provided and must instruct his agent and surveyors to confirm all details for accuracy prior to purchase.  Subject to prior sale, price and inventory change, or withdrawal from market without notice.